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Labour's Bold New Brand

Labour's Bold New Brand
By Peter Wilson, NZPA Political Editor Wellington, Oct 17 NZPA - If Labour doesn't win the next election, it won't be for want of trying. And if enthusiastic optimism would do the job, they would romp in.

Labour gets ready for "the battle of 2011"

Labour gets ready for "the battle of 2011"
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Auckland, Oct 17 NZPA - Labour has unveiled new policies it believes will give it an edge over National in the next election.

Labour's bold new brand

By Peter Wilson, NZPA Political Editor Wellington, Oct 17 NZPA - If Labour doesn't win the next election, it won't be for want of trying. And if enthusiastic optimism would do the job, they would romp in.

AMP NZ moves to fee for service model for new products

AMP NZ moves to fee for service model for new products
Wellington, Oct 11 NZPA - AMP Financial Services is moving to a fee for service charging model for new investment products sold by AMP from July 2011.

Tower to bid for Fidelity Life

Tower to bid for Fidelity Life
Wellington, Oct 1 NZPA - Insurer Tower Ltd has launched a hostile cash and scrip takeover offer for all of Fidelity Life Assurance Company Ltd, which values the target at $118 million.

Managed funds hit by market turmoil in June quarter

Managed funds hit by market turmoil in June quarter
Wellington, Sept 28 NZPA - KiwiSaver growth slowed to 4.3 percent in the last quarter as world markets declined, although annual growth was nearly 80 percent, according to research released today.

How I Made Sure I Never Had Any Money

When I began to make more money I noticed something very interesting in my conditioned beliefs. It seems that over the years I had trained myself to spend everything I earned no matter what my income level.

What A Sense Of Relief

I’m back at home now and I realise that I feel both emotionally and physically exhausted and a huge sense of relief. My emotional reaction is the hard part today. The doing of all the practical numbers stuff makes sense.

The terror of now facing my financial state

This morning I woke early and got out of bed to face the financial music. All week I have been moving between excitement and terror about this first meeting with Lisa and getting down to the detail. I was feeling a bit scared, embarrassed and nervous to be honest.

KiwiSaver automatic enrolments slow

KiwiSaver automatic enrolments slow
Wellington, Sept 14 NZPA - The numbers of people automatically enrolling for the KiwiSaver superannuation scheme has slowed markedly, possibly as a result of the weaker economy and concerns about employment, Tower Investments says.

Savings discussion document released

Savings discussion document released
Wellington, Sept 8 NZPA - The Savings Working Group will consider a range of reforms, including dual income and capital tax, as they look at how to increase national savings. Treasury today released the discussion document to guide the independent group.

Cunliffe says Labour will lead savings increase

Cunliffe says Labour will lead savings increase
Wellington, Aug 26 NZPA - Labour will lead the way on increasing savings, opposition finance spokesman David Cunliffe says, but he did not detail how.

Savings working group won't deliver answers, Labour says

Savings working group won't deliver answers, Labour says
Wellington, Aug 25 NZPA - The Labour Party is calling for "bold action" to improve New Zealand's savings rate and says setting up a working group to investigate options won't deliver answers.

Govt wants Kiwis to increase savings with no incentives

Govt wants Kiwis to increase savings with no incentives
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, Aug 24 NZPA - The savings working group faces what appears to be an insurmountable challenge -- finding a way to convince cash-strapped New Zealanders to put more of their hard earned money into a bank account.

Super fund returns 4.76 pct in July

Super fund returns 4.76 pct in July
Wellington, Aug 23 NZPA - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund recorded a gain in July after two months of negative returns, as equities markets improved.

Business sector warming to compulsory savings

Business sector warming to compulsory savings
Wellington, Aug 17 NZPA - The business sector appears to be gradually warming to the prospect of being involved in compulsory retirement savings schemes.

Now not the time for compulsory savings, says business lobby

Now not the time for compulsory savings, says business lobby
Wellington, Aug 17 NZPA - The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) has big ideas of working towards a compulsory savings scheme where employers make the lion's share of contributions, but a business lobby says now is not the right time to increase the burden.

Too early to lock in compulsory super - Key

Too early to lock in compulsory super - Key
Wellington, Aug 16 NZPA - It was too early to say whether the Government would support compulsory retirement savings, Prime Minister John Key says. Finance Minister Bill English has asked the tax working group to organise a savings working group.

Compulsory retirement savings to be considered

Compulsory retirement savings to be considered
Wellington, Aug 15 NZPA - Compulsory retirement savings are reported to be on the table as part of a wider review of superannuation.

Negative quarter for KiwiSaver diversified funds: Mercer

Negative quarter for KiwiSaver diversified funds: Mercer
Wellington, Aug 11 NZPA - KiwiSaver diversified funds experienced their first negative quarter since March 2009, with negative returns across all fund types for the three months to June, consulting and investment firm Mercer says.

ISI progresses work on standard for fund performance

ISI progresses work on standard for fund performance
The Investment Savings and Insurance Association (ISI) is progressing work on developing a standard for reporting the performance of managed funds.

Retail funds management industry shrinks

The retail funds management industry shrunk during the June quarter, though boutique fund managers did well, according to FundSource. The amount of retail funds under management fell 2.5 percent, or $503 million, to $19.674 billion.

Kiwibank calls for compulsory KiwiSaver membership

Kiwibank calls for compulsory KiwiSaver membership
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - The boss of state-owned Kiwibank wants people to be compelled to join KiwiSaver, with individual contributions rising gradually over the next decade or two to reach 10 percent of income.

A Milestone For First Home Buyers And KiwiSaver

A Milestone For First Home Buyers And KiwiSaver
The clock is ticking and my advice to those that qualify and have time on their side, take action now.

KiwiSaver Popular But People Feel Unprepared For Retirement

KiwiSaver Popular But People Feel Unprepared For Retirement
Wellington, March 18 NZPA - The economic events of the last two years have provided a reality check and left many New Zealanders feeling unprepared for retirement, according to a survey by Mercer.

Some KiwiSaver Contributions To Be Taxed

Some KiwiSaver Contributions To Be Taxed
Finance Minister Bill English says no one should be surprised they will be taxed on their KiwiSaver contributions above the minimum 2 percent.

Tax Error And Axing Fee Subsidy Softens KiwiSaver Changes

Tax Error And Axing Fee Subsidy Softens KiwiSaver Changes
Wellington, Dec 9 NZPA - An overestimate of the costs of tax cuts and axing the annual $40 KiwiSaver fee subsidy is going to soften the blow for low income workers using the savings scheme, Finance Minister Bill English said today.

Government Confirms Changes To Kiwisaver

Government Confirms Changes To Kiwisaver
Wellington, Dec 9 NZPA - The Government has confirmed it will axe the annual $40 fee subsidy it puts into KiwiSaver accounts to help pay for a better deal for low income workers.

Changes For Kiwisaver Take Shape

The Government is understood to be considering axing the annual $40 fee subsidy it puts into KiwiSaver accounts to help pay for a better deal for low income workers.

Govt Looking At Kiwisaver Change

The Government will introduce legislation this week that is likely to include a change to KiwiSaver policy to help low income workers -- costing an additional $700 million over five years.

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